Minstrels on the go


A truck is their stage and the passerby on the noon hour their audience. Never mind that horns and all other daytime noises nearly drown thier audio… you can still hear these men and women sing poplar film numbers, makeing heads turn and putting a smile on people’s faces as they rush by.
The mobile orchestra of the visually challenged can be spotted in Luz, Mahalingapuram and elsewhere on any given day, come rain or shine. Performing with a PA system whioch is not too loud..The singers perch on a stool and give a mix of both old and new numbers.On occasions people stop by to request a song or two, and the minstrels are always obliging. Contributions are voluntary. As a shop keeper I spoke to in the vicinity said, “The singers put all of us in a good mood, and give us a break from momentary tensions.”
Chennai on a song. :-)
PS: Sorry about the poor qulaity of the picture taken in Luz.. my celcam acted up…

6 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    cool… speaking of performances… when what the last time we had an international artist giving a serious concert in chennai?

  2. nandhu (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    wont we have a lot of them during the upcoming December season?

  3. Shiva (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    I have seen them performing on the roadsides in many places in chennai and in fact their way of performing looks like a professional orchestra, minus all the fuss and fanfare and posters for publicity.

  4. Ela (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    Yeap, i have also been amused by their music….and good music along with hard work is a heavenly combination…..yeapeee..

    Does anyone know whether they perform together as a group which is managed on their own or do they depend on someone else for their survival as a musical group? Do they make enough money for their life?

  5. nagaraj (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    This type of troop is not only in chennai, they are in Coimbatore also. Their performence is so good even with the limited instruments. Sentimentaly they are touching our hearts. Their dedication are to be rewarded. Ways to be found out.

  6. Sanjeeva (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

    I dont know if this is the same group who used to sit around High court / Flower bazaar / beach station etc. The singer used to have a mega phone… and later I saw them with car battery operated mike with small speaker etc. By the way they were all blind…is this the same group?// If they are, then progress has been made!!!!!!!!

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